This race was a good thing for me! It might not look like a good result, because it's not, and it wasn't a clean race either, I made two large mistakes, but it was a step in the right direction. I have been feeling very negative when I race, especially in the last 1.5 months. Basically, I was pushing physically too hard and not concentrating on the orienteering, which meant not making solid plans and leaving a lot of the race up to chance. Today was about starting over. I wanted to make solid plans for each control, even if it meant stopping at the control. I wanted to slow down a bit and be concentrated on the right things during the race. I wanted to have a positive mindset during the race.
I achieved all of these things! And I was really content in the finish.
I did make two large mistakes. One right in the beginning to the 2nd control, when I was too low on my compass bearing and didn't correct quickly. Actually, I didn't realize how low I had dropped and search in the wrong spot twice while relocating. Lost 4 minutes there. But the good news is that I didn't let the mistake get to me and I did a good job on all my controls until number 12. There I made a lovely parallel error and ended up off the map. I managed to keep the damage under control, realizing what I must have done and lost "only" 3 minutes there. To 14, I entered the forest in another place than I thought and had to correct, so another 1min lost. In total could have been 8 minutes faster. Oops!
But, I was still very happy with this race. The mental mindset is worth more in positive experience than the mistakes in negative. I can fix the mistakes.
Link to map: http://repreob.hyperlink.cz/repre/images/nomms2012...